Mr.Moisés Naím on Trump and Tsipras, a comment by Political Observer

Mr.Moisés Naím is a Think Tank Technocrat who manages to offer not one valuable insight into Trump or Tsipras! Nor even the attempt to hint at or even sketch, no matter how briefly, the historical/political context that produced these two political actors. Instead just a bland recitation of the current political orthodoxy: Trump as political opportunist/television vaudevillian, a kind of political Don Rickels, and Tsipras as politically irresponsible communist rabble rouser. With this recitation of, by now, well worn cliches Mr. Naím should qualify for a place in the New York Times editorial page, with the likes of David Brooks and Thomas Friedman: something to be read with your morning cup of coffee, and just as quickly forgotten in the rush of events of the work day. Except when the boss mentions that he’d read one or the other of these writers and says, in passing, that he valued the insights offered. And like a good employee, she/he silently nods in tacit agreement,while wondering at the lack of critical thinking skills of her/his immediate superior.
Political Observer

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